Contents tagged with Minsk agreements

  • Poroshenko and Merkel discuss possible pressure on Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had discussed a possible scenario of putting pressure on Russia to fulfill its part of the Minsk agreements, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    “A significant portion of time was devoted to the coordination of actions to implement the Minsk agreements. It was established that Russia is not fulfilling the Minsk agreements, and we have to develop a scenario which would motivate Russia to sit at the negotiation …

  • Germany: military parades in separatist republics violated the Minsk agreements

    Germany said that military parades in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) violated the Minsk agreements and represented a threat to the population of the region, Ukrinform news agency reports.

    The military parades were held in Donetsk and Luhansk on May 9. In the DPR, from 50 to 80 units of military equipment were involved while in the LPR more than 60 units of military equipment and weapons and 1,200 soldiers took part in the parade.

    The German government …

  • Lavrov accuses Head of Ukrainian National Security Council of refusing to comply with Minsk agreements

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that statements by the Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, regarding the advance of Ukrainian troops to the east of the country indicate Kyiv's reluctance to fulfill the key points of the Minsk agreements.

    Earlier Turchynov told the BBC that the main task of the Ukrainian military is now "meter by meter, kilometer by kilometer, while minimizing losses, to move east."

    "Mr. Turchynov's statement means that Kyiv …

  • Tillerson: Ukraine is an obstacle for relations with Russia

    Ukraine will remain an obstacle to improving relations between the U.S. and Russia until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

    This was stated by the head of the State Department, Rex Tillerson, at a press conference in Moscow after a meeting with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov.

    "Until full progress is made under the Minsk Accords, the situation in Ukraine will remain an obstacle to improvement in relations between the U.S. and Russia," he said.

    The …

  • Mogherini: EU would be glad to lift sanctions on Russia if Minsk agreements are implemented

    The countries of the European Union "would be happy" to lift sanctions imposed on Russia once they have reached the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, but at the moment it cannot be done, said the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, during her visit to the United States.

    "We would be happy to lift sanctions against Russia if the Minsk Agreements were fully implemented," she said, speaking at an event at the Carnegie Institute in Washington.

    On the topic of US-Russia relations, …

  • Uncontrolled enclave near the borders of Ukraine: Is it the only way to solve the problem of the Donbas?

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Despite the fact that the parties to the armed conflict in the Donbas - Ukraine, ORDLO (separatists-held territories), and Russia - recognize the inefficiency of the Minsk Agreements, and the lack of prospects from the beginning, neither party offers another format, knowing perfectly well that it awaits the same fate.

    At the time, the representative of Ukraine to the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: Russia has not fulfilled a single point of the Minsk agreements

    The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine urged foreign partners to understand why the ban of shipping traffic across the contact line has been implemented. According to the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russia has not yet fulfilled a single point of the Minsk accords.

     “We have to state once again that Russia has not yet fulfilled any point of the Minsk Agreements. Obviously, there is absolutely no political will of Moscow to fulfill them,” the statement says.

    As the Spokesperson of …

  • Destabilizing factor: Why Russia needs the separatist-held territories of eastern Ukraine

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Moscow has the return of the separatists controlled territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions back to the jurisdiction of Ukraine on its agenda, but only under Russian conditions. Right now Russia does not need a large-scale attack by the separatist troops in the Donbas or the escalation of hostilities.

    The intention of the Russian Federation is to create a zone of a permanent social and military tension within Ukraine by …

  • Poroshenko speaks about Russia’s withdrawal from the Minsk protocol and asks for sanctions

    President Petro Poroshenko stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize documents issued to citizens by the so-called DPR (Donetsk People's Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) effectively means that Russia has rejected the Minsk Protocol.

    “We are observing continuous violations of the Minsk agreements. We see not only violations of the ceasefire, but the shameless decision to recognize bogus documents from phony republics. From the point of view of …

  • The EU said Russia's recognition of DPR and LPR documents is inconsistent with the spirit of the Minsk agreements

    Russia’s recognition of passports to separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) contradicts the Minsk agreements and such documents will not be recognized in the European Union.

    "The decree is not consistent with the spirit of the Minsk agreements," said the EU Delegation to Ukraine in response to a request made by Interfax-Ukraine to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize the documents as legitimate.

    The Delegation noted that the EU remains …